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2) Is the reservation policy earmarking a 10% quota for the economically weaker sections of the “general category” empirically founded and justifiable? Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 

2) Is the reservation policy earmarking a 10% quota for the economically weaker sections of the “general category” empirically founded and justifiable? Critically analyse.(250 words)

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Why this question:

An analysis of 445 premier higher education institutions finds that this section of students already had about 28% of representation—that is, close to three times the proposed 10% quota—in these institutions in 2016–17. This finding raises questions as to the relevance and possible impact of the proposed policy.

Key demands of the question:

Answer is to analyse the reservation policy earmarking 10% quota for the economically weaker sections (EWS) , as to whether it is justified or not.

Directive word

Critically analyzeWhen asked to analyze, you  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction

In a few introductory lines define the policy that came into effect recently.

Body

  • The recent reservation policy brought about by introducing an amendment to the Constitution intends to reserve 10% of the total seats in higher education institutions, both private and public, and in government jobs exclusively for the EWS belonging to the general category.
  • Discuss what are the pros and cons of the policy.
  • Discuss the rationale behind it.
  • Suggest your opinion and conclude with fair and balanced conclusion.

Conclusion

Conclude with significance of such policies,  yet suggest what more can be done.